Woman says sandwich left her unable to speak; sues Jimmy John’s for $75,000

Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 17:42:47-04

WEST MICHIGAN - A woman suing Jimmy John's for $75,000 says a mistake on her sandwich left her disabled and unable to talk above a whisper.

"I go to the grocery store and I can’t even ask a question without having people go, 'What’s wrong with you?'" said Lindsey Bresnahan, who hasn't been back to work since the incident in June.

Bresnahan says she's severely allergic to Dijon mustard. She told FOX 17 she ordered a "Billy Club" sandwich from the Jimmy John's on Alpine Avenue in Grand Rapids, a sandwich that comes with Dijon mustard and mayonnaise. Her attorney, Wolf Mueller at Mueller Law, says she specifically asked for the sandwich without the mustard.

"She called in the order and says specifically, 'No Dijon Mustard, no mayo,'" said Mueller. "The Dijon mustard because of the allergies specifically, the mayo,because she doesn’t like condiments."

But Bresnahan claims the sub came with mustard and she didn't notice until she took the first bite.

"My throat started swelling and I could feel it instantly," said Bresnahan. "I started coughing, my eyes watering."

Court documents allege she was coughing violently and also vomiting frequently. The suit claims that reaction put her on disability and she's been unable to work since June because she can barely talk.

"Doctors at this point say, if it comes back it will be about a year... if it comes back," said Mueller. "So we sued Jimmy John's, alleging that they were negligent, which clearly they were, because they had a specific order for Dijon mustard and messed up the order."

When asked about the allegations, Jimmy John's declined to make a comment. The $75,000 lawsuit was filed October 21st. Litigation is expected to move forward in January.